These apps just got an iOS 12 and Siri Shortcuts overhaul

Swapna Krishna  Engadget

Swapna Krishna Engadget

iOS 12, like many other previous iOS updates, is a major update for your iPhone. According to Apple, you'll be able to find the Shortcuts app as a download on its App Store.

The list of compatible iPhone models include iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE and iPhone 5s. The Camera app now launches 70% faster, the keyboard shows up 50% faster, and typing should be smoother with less lag.

Once it starts downloading, you'll see a time estimate bar up top; how long you'll wait depends on how many people are trying to upgrade.

We can already tell you that iOS 12 is better than iOS 11. We'll be publishing coverage of the new features in all these upgrades in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned. Yoga and hiking are new supported workout types. Just tap one of the sample shortcuts in the list, and you'll be taken through the steps necessary.

Memojis are interactive characters that can be created to look like anyone you want.

Siri Shortcuts is a new app that's available today.

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You can now add filters like animated text effects, stickers, Memoji, and more when taking pictures on iMessage or during a video call on FaceTime. I've been testing iOS 12 on multiple devices and it has not only been one of the fastest and most stable betas I can remember; it is probably the most stable version of iOS in years.

Once you download it, one of the new features-dubbed Screen Time-is meant to help you get a handle on your iPhone addiction. If you don't use Apple's password manager, its new AutoFill extension allows third-party managers to automatically fill passwords, provided they've updated their app for iOS 12.

We all know we spend too much time on our phones, and even Apple is aware of it. To add to that, the company is making it possible to schedule Do Not Disturb, with added controls to the feature. You can also customize certain options right from the Notification Center, telling it to deliver those notifications "quietly" (so they still appear, but don't make sound) or turn them off entirely. But it's super easy to protect all of your data, and there are two main ways of doing it. There are also redesigned apps like Books, News, Stocks, amd Voice Memos.

Before getting the iOS 12 update on your iPhone, it is recommended that you backup your device either using iTunes or iCloud. And if you are really interested in changelogs, I suggest checking out the full changelog for the release here.

Apple announced the official iOS 12 release date at last week's iPhone XS launch, noting the update would land on Monday, September 16.

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